Not a good sign.
It’s hard to imagine how the Trudeau government came to the conclusion that legitimizing pot use would be an improvement to society.
The last thing Canada needs at present in another intoxicant having seen the carnage that alcohol has brought with it … addiction, ruined lives, liver damage, death and injuries on the roads. Most people treat alcohol responsibly yet the few who don’t have killed many of the responsible on the road. Very sad.
So now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided that alcohol needs marijuana as a compatriot in intoxication. One is hard-pressed to see the benefit … except maybe to win a few votes and appear progressive and cool.
Photo above: Legalization of marijuana has split society.
At least alcohol can be successfully measured as an impairment to driving. Pot cannot and how long will it be before smart lawyers will be able to use this fact as a way to get their high drivers off. Enforcement of pot intoxication on the road looks like a mass of court cases and appeals.
Legalization has mountains of hypocrisy not the least of which is that people might grow only four plants in the backyard, at least in the minds of those behind the recent federal task force, while thousands brew litres of beer and wine in stores built for that purpose.
The real reason people want marijuana legalized is so they can get high without being arrested. But that law against marijuana, broken frequently, keeps some people away from pot which health officials will tell you is a good thing. Now health campaigns are being formulated to encourage people away from pot. They will be about as successful as alcohol and health campaigns.
The logic behind this move is not sound. The holes in reason are large. And given the outrage in a community when a pot shop opens nearby shows a society divided on legalization. It’s risky enacting laws that don’t have widespread approval. That undermines respect for the law and ultimately undermines the rule of law.
The rule of law is the very thin veneer of civilization.
The cool think being against pot legalization is uncool. Tell that to the mothers who are angry about their children passing illegal pot shops now. Just wait for legalization. Wait for more pot shops.
The marijuana ban should be lifted when logic says it’s the right thing to do. That argument has yet to be made but still we go forward with this badly flawed policy.
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